Where I live, Bridgeport, CT, most of the "tuner" people around here have Civics, Jettas, etc and their idea of modding their car is tinted windows and an exhaust tip from Pep Boys. There's a McDonald's near here where they all hang out Friday and Saturday with their neon, Walmart sound systems, etc. I went to get food one night and pulled in and it was like time stood still and you could hear a pin drop. They all just stopped and stared at my car. lol. I'm thinking back at them "Spend more money for a better car". The mentality around here is $500 for the car, $6,000 for the rims instead of $6500 for a used 2002 WRX. I'll never get that way of thinking. Screw sounding fast, I'd rather be fast.
I know my car isn't the fastest one out there, but I have yet to lose to any of the guys that tried to get me to race. Although there was a Supra going the other way today. That is a car I wouldn't mess with. I'd love to get my hands on an R34 Skyline GT-R and go for it though